The stunning Northumberland Coast starts in earnest in the South of the County, at the Southern tip of Druridge Bay. This is where the Coastal Route starts, at Cresswell, from here right up until you reach Berwick-Upon-Tweed on the Scottish border you will find miles of safe, award-winning beautiful beaches, magnificent Castles, harbours, fishing villages, and the occasional ruin on a rocky outcrop. We start our tour of this Heritage Coastline at Druridge Bay.
Druridge Bay is a beautiful living landscape, with miles of golden sandy beaches and a haven for wildlife. The bay is a stunning seven mile stretch of sand running from Cresswell at it's Southern tip to Amble and is a popular place for outdoor activities including cycling, walking, paddling and surfing. This beach has a fascinating and varied past, in the 1800's coal was mined nearby and during World War II Druridge Bay was thought to be a possible landing place for a German invasion. You can still see evidence of the anti-tank concrete blocks that were constructed to defend our shores right through our coastline. Within Druridge Bay Country Park there are a number of smaller nature reserves with wildlife ranging from swans around the reservoir to the rare golden snipe. This makes it an excellent spot for ornithologists or just the casual bird spotter.
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Heading North from Druridge Bay you come to the town of Amble, situated on the coast it is at the mouth of the River Coquet, just a mile from the historic village of Warkworth. Amble was built on a point of land that sticks out from the main run of the coast, so offers excellent views of the coastline. Amble is a charming fishing town that has been built around it's beautiful harbour and Marina. It has excellent facilities and amenities and has become popular with visitors to the area. Amble is also the access point for trips to Coquet Island, an RSPB owned site of special scientific interest and home
to some 35,000 birds and 600 seals.